It was a game in which they never led but ended up winning in OT. On the strength of a three point night from Louis Eriksson the Dallas Stars knocked off the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Detroit. In the first former Adirondack Red Wing Tomas Holmstron picked up his eighth helper on Patrick Eaves seventh goal of the year on the power-play to make it 1-0. After scoring again by Johan Franzen, Dallas came back with two of their own off the sticks of Brad Richards and Brendan Morrow, sending it tied 2-2 to the second.
Johan Franzen put the Wings up 3-2 after two but Morrow’s second of the night squared things up at 3-3. During the extra frame Henrik Zetterberg attempted to stuff one home, but the Stars darted out on a 3-on-1 rush, where it was Eriksson beating former Adirondack Red Wings goalie Chris Osgood on the short-side for the 4-3 OT winner. Osgood had 28 saves in defeat and remains one win shy of 400 on his NHL career.
Up north of the border, former Adirondack Red Wing Mike Knuble assisted on the first of Matthieu Perreault’s two second period goals as the Washington Capitals stormed back to take a 3-2 lead on the Ottawa Senators. That lead would hold up for the Caps as they snapped an eight game losing streak, acting like they won the Stanley Cup in the process.
Around the “A” in Manchester, Altamont, NY native Jay Leach registered an assist for the Worcester Sharks in the third but it was too little too late as the Monarchs held on 2-1. Clifton Park, NY native Nick Petrecki compiled 15 PIM, with a ten minute unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and a five minute major for fighting with Dwight King.
Horrendous special teams including 0-6 on the power-play did in the Charlotte Checkers as they fell to the Hershey Bears 6-3. Down 2-0 after one, former River Rat Chris Terry got the Checkers on the board with his 13th from Nick Dodge and Jerome Samson. However the Bears stormed back with two more in the second, incuding ex-Rats captain Keith Aucoin’s sixth of the season making it 4-1.
In third period action ex-Rats standout Jerome Samson registered his 17th goal from Oscar Osala and Riley Nash. But the Bears would once again get it back as Aucoin who would also pick up a helper on Hershey’s final goal, netted his second of the game and seventh of the year. The final Charlotte marker came off the stick of Jacob Micflicker, his 14th from Nick Dodge. In an odd twist of events goalie Justin Pogge picked up 22 PIM and a game misconduct after stopping 13 of 16 on the night. In relief Mike Murphy had eleven saves on 14 shots.
The big night for Aucion saw him record the 200th goal of his illustrious AHL career.
With his second goal in as many games, former RPI Captain and Albany River Rats forward Kirk MacDonald’s fourth marker of the season gave the Providence Bruins an insurance goal and capped off 3-1 victory over the Springfield Falcons.
Finally, Theres’s a new team atop the Empire State Cup Standings leaderboard and at the end of an impressive weekend, it’s the Binghamton Senators. Coming off a 7-0 drubbing of the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, the Senators brought their show on the road to Rochester on Sunday. A huge three goal output in the first, capped off by former Albany River Rats defenseman David Hale was all the B-Sens needed to hold off the Amerks, 3-2.